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Make a Gratitude Tree for Kids – Learning to Be Thankful

Today we have a really lovely gratitude tree activity that the entire family can enjoy together. While we are making a gratitude tree craft during the Thanksgiving season, this could work all year long for kids of all ages.

Let’s make our own grateful tree!

Gratitude Tree Craft

Thanksgiving is one of the most significant celebrations as it doesn’t only involve a scrumptious meal, but is more about expressing your gratitude towards someone or some things you are really thankful to in your life. It is a great time of year to start and continue conversations with kids around our blessings in life and to recognize and be grateful for everything that we have.

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Related: Our Thanksgiving tree is another version of this fun gratitude craft

Gratitude tree craft supplies needed - string, paper
Make thankful leaves to add to your tree!

Supplies Needed

  • Craft Paper – It’s best to go with double shaded paper since it gives a more creative look. You can take paper of any color that you fancy, or if you want to go with the natural tones, just get brown and green papers.
  • String – Any shades of the string will do. You need to cut the string into small pieces so that you can hang the leaves on the branches. If you have any yarn or strings leftover from your monthly subscription craft boxes for kids, now would be a great time to use them up.
  • Hole Punch – Punch a hole in the paper for the string ties.
  • Twigs or Small Tree Branches – You can assemble a few twigs to give them a tree look or a tree branch will also work.
  • Pen or Marker – You can write the notes on leaves using a pen or a marker. Make sure the marker doesn’t bleed through the paper if you’re using pretty paper.
  • Small Rocks – Keeping small rocks at the base of the tree adds stability to the tree.
  • Vase – Choose a vase that is large enough to support your twigs or branches.


Step 1

Take a cut out of the craft paper in the leaf shape.

Step 2

Use the craft leaf as a template for tracing the rest of the leaves on a bigger sheet.

Step 3

Punch holes in the leaves tie a piece of string in the holes.

Step 4

Add rocks to the base of the vase and stick the tree branch there so that it stands erect.

Step 5

Ask your kids to draw or write about things that they are thankful for. If they are too young, you can write for them.

Child placing leaf on the gratitude tree craft finished
Let’s add our grateful leaves to the gratitude tree!

Step 6

Tie the leaves on the tree branches.

Our Experience with Gratitude Tree Craft

It’s a pretty straight forward project. My daughter mostly likes to scribble on the leaves. For the remaining leaves, I asked her what she’s thankful for and wrote it on the leaves for her to hang.

My daughter might be only 3, but she is getting used the idea of giving thanks every day since it is something we talk about as I tuck her into bed. I haven’t told her yet, but I actually write down the things she’s grateful for so I could use it to create a photo book of her 3rd year including cute things she’d said and her favorite things.

I think it makes such a wonderful gift and I’m sure she’ll really treasure it when she’s older.


How did your gratitude tree activity turn out? What traditions of thankfulness do you have in your family?

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